Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Edge of Destruction 

In this completely TARDIS-based story, the crew find themselves and their ship acting very strangely indeed. Blame runs high for the Ship's unusual behavior, until the Doctor realizes the ... See full summary »

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Richard Martin

Writer:

David Whitaker (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
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In this completely TARDIS-based story, the crew find themselves and their ship acting very strangely indeed. Blame runs high for the Ship's unusual behavior, until the Doctor realizes the TARDIS itself may be trying to warn them... (Originally broadcast in two parts; also known in fan circles as "Inside the Spaceship.") Written by Sarah Hadley

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Trivia

This is the first Doctor Who Story to have not needed an episode to be re-shot or remade. See more »

Goofs

Susan is wearing knee socks in the reprise from the previous week's episode, but in the following scene she is not wearing them. See more »

Quotes

Ian Chesterton: Doctor... some very strange things are happening. I feel we're in a very dangerous position. This is no time for personal quarrels.
Dr. Who: Meaning?
Ian Chesterton: I think you should go and apologize to Barbara at once.
Dr. Who: I'm afraid we have no time for codes and manners. And I certainly don't underestimate the dangers, if they exist. But I must have time to think. I must think. Rash action is worse than no action at all, hmm?
Ian Chesterton: I don't see anything rash in apologizing to Barbara.
[scoffs]
Ian Chesterton: Frankly, Doctor, I find it hard to ...
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Connections

Featured in Tales of Isop (2005) See more »

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Anaesthesia
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Composed by Eric Siday
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Better then it's given credit for.
30 May 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Something is very wrong on board the TARDIS, the controls are misbehaving, everyone feels strange, and the events lead to suspicions and fighting.

So it's clear this two parter was written as a filler and in a hurry, but it manages to capture something rather good, a character play, no monsters, no external menace, just paranoia and mistrust, a concept that we'd not see until the Series was relaunched.

It's even more sixties in style and feel then any other episode I can think of, it has that kind of sixties surreal chiller thing going on, mostly from Susan. Her knife scene would have been particularly disturbing at the time I would have thought.

The episode does a good job in posing the question 'without each other who and what would they have to rely on?' some truly interesting concepts here, such as something getting into the TARDIS and hiding in one of them, that idea was well ahead of its time.

A rather good start to this unique two parter, 8/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1964 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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